Album Review: Givvi Flynn – “Thieving From The Magpie’s Nest”
Givvi Flynn. The name may not be immediately familiar to all of you but I’d wager you’ve probably heard of her without realising it in the last two or three years. Her list of collaborations almost reads like a Who’s Who of bands and artists we all like around here – Ginger Wildheart, Wolfsbane and Jackdaw 4 to name but three.
And now, rather like several members of the extended Wildhearts family have of late, Givvi has released her debut solo album through the wonders of Pledgemusic. And, given that we’ve already had storming efforts from the Eureka Machines, Obsessive Compulsive and Ginger’s Hey! Hello! project this year, can we make it four out of four?
Well, yes we can actually. Oh good. The thing that sets this album out is that this particular theft has the Wildhearts and Jackdaw 4’s fingerprints all over it. Ginger and Willie Dowling both contribute one song each (the storming “Without Emotion” from Ginge and the playfully warped “Dirty” from Willie) but it seems that Givvi’s own songwriting definitely owes a sly nod to a lot of the bands she’s worked with. There’s that sense of “burn the rule book, f**k it” willingness to deviate from the norm while somehow managing to keep the catchy choruses and tunes intact. It’s a fine line to walk but fair play to Givvi, she’s definitely managed it on songs like “Good Guys” and “Seven Day Summer” while the more considered “Penny Arcade” and “More Beauty Than Before” and the storming five minute rock assault of the title track which closes things help vary the pace a bit. It helps a bit that she’s got a good hearty voice on her too – if anything she sounds like a slightly less raspy version of Sally Cato from the very under-rated Smashed Gladys (ask yer local ’80s sleaze fan).
There’s a few covers thrown in as well – rather like the Wonder Stuff’s recent effort, Givvi seems intent on paying tribute to her fellow West Midlands artists as Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” and Slade’s “Everyday” get covered (the latter, unfortunately, is probably the weakest track on here as it sounds a bit overdone to these ears but that could just be because I remember Spike from the Quireboys’ storming version of it a few years back which pretty much any other version apart from the original would probably pale next to). However, it’s good to see her covering the late great Danny Frye’s “Darlin'” as well which she handles absolutely fine.
All in all then, “Thieving From The Magpie’s Nest” is a confident first effort and definitely gets the thumbs up from me. Definitely recommended for Wildhearts, Wolfsbane and Jackdaw 4 fans … and pretty much everyone else out there with an ear for a good tune and a willingness to experiment as well.
01 Good Guys? (Eli Cameron / Jay Clark / Givvi Flynn)
02 Without Emotion (Ginger Wildheart)
03 TV Is King (The Tubes/Todd Rundgren)
04 Seven Day Summer (Jay Clark / Givvi Flynn)
05 Darlin’ (Danny Frye)
06 More Beauty Than Before (Jay Clark)
07 Dirty (Willie Dowling)
08 Penny Arcade (Jay Clark / Givvi Flynn)
09 The Chauffeur (Duran Duran)
10 I Did It Again (Eli Cameron / Jay Clark / Givvi Flynn)
11 Everyday (Slade)
12 Thieving From the Magpie’s Nest (Jay Clark / Givvi Flynn / Eli Cameron)